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Feb 12, 2013 10:00am EST
killed while shielding his friends from a gang members spraying fire on a city bus. his friend is here today marcus norris, hit in the face by a bullet that came through the wall of his house. thank god he survived. we are glad to have him here today. a true american hero who dedicated his life to serving his country and his community, killed by gang members with a straw purchase gone. i attended his funeral service. the officer's family is here, and his sister will testify today. there are many more in this room today whose lives and families have been changed by gun violence. i would like to ask the friends and family of the victims of gun violence to please stand. look about his room. understand that the debate we have before us has affected so many lives. thank you all for being here today. as we conduct this debate and honor your loved ones who are no longer with us, we know that we have to act. thank you for joining us at this hearing. senator cruz. >> thank you, mr. chairman. let me say it is a particular honor to serve as ranking member on this committee with you and a particul
CSPAN
Feb 13, 2013 10:00am EST
. in my own city of houston, i was able to some four years ago establish the first posttraumatic stress disorder center in a hospital that was not a veterans hospital. the riverside general hospital, for a period of years, continued serving our posttraumatic stress disorder veterans in a small attentive setting where they could sit with others who were troubled as well. i have become a champion of the need and the purpose of posttraumatic stress disorder medical services and beg and cry to the veterans department and to the pentagon which this grant came from. we cannot abandon our soldiers who have served us well, and i would hope that the grant for this hospital will be continued because texas has been known to have the largest number of returning iraq and afghanistan troops. . that speaks loudly to the question of sequester, and i'm delighted to the president last evening could not have offered more olive branches on economic reform, tax reform, the idea that we can do this budget together. not a sequester, not a self-inflicted wound. it's what we did to ourselves. but more important
CSPAN
Feb 5, 2013 10:00am EST
is personal. i've seen the tent cities firsthand. i have spoken with the women. i have counseled the victims and witnessed the scars of indignation and pain. i feel the anguish in my bones. but i also feel the hope. let's work together to ensure that no woman in haiti, no woman in this hemisphere or in this world has to bear the indignity of sexual violence. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, for five minutes. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. the constitution of the united states of america was written to put in statute the limits of government's authority over citizens. it does not bestow rights or permit freedoms upon american people. rather, it delimits what government of the people, by the people and for the people can and cannot do. since well before our country's founding, americans have exercised the right to keep and bear arms, a right formerly protected by the ratification of the second amendment in 1791. as a life-long defender of seco
CSPAN
Feb 11, 2013 12:00pm EST
, etc. if every city and mitropoulos got hit hard on home building and retail and began to look up there traded sectors and began to look at the advance manufacturing sectors and basically would say, what do they need to survive and prosper? and do we have a skills problem? do we have an infrastructure problem? do we have an innovation break down, essentially between research and development, a prototype, development? this will basically follow the health of the cluster and particularly with small and medium-sized firms, what are they doing to essentially help lee is relatively small firms? -- help these small firms.?? >> john, said a funny thing. you said no matter how much the government screws up, caltech will still be caltech and m.i.t. will still be m.i.t. outside the beltway, it is a different reality and you talked about public and private partnerships at the local level. can you talk about why they are so important and maybe share your story about how you see the power partnerships? >> i did not mind it versus the real world. i spend most of my time with the company's seen
CSPAN
Feb 21, 2013 1:00pm EST
was there is this requirement at the time, gun safety class, which was five hours long, and you could not teach it in the city because it requires an hour at the range so you had to leave the city. there were really no restrictions. it was open ended on who could teach it, where they could teach it. it was all these men teaching it in these homes. it made me feel very unsafe. i couldn't find an instructor. in the end the city council, because of reading all this, exposing all this, the city made it virtually impossible for people to get guns in the city, the city council passed a law this year that took away that requirement, that five-hour class. and a couple other small requirements, but there's still 11 steps to gun ownership in washington which is only down from 17 when i did it. host: emily miller, who is charles sykes and what's his role in the gun-buying process in d.c.? guest: well, charles sykes is the one legal gun dealer in washington, d.c., and he's been doing it for years. he does not buy and sell. he has a very unique role which is transferring the guns, because federal law says you have to have
CSPAN
Feb 27, 2013 1:00pm EST
district on the city council went in a district 71% african-american to 30% african-american, and the only african-american member of the city council in that city in alabama lost his seat. so that to me seems like a perfect reason why we still need section 5. they drew the district in such a way that it resulted in the on black member of the city council losing his district. yes, this stuff happens in ohio and pennsylvania and wisconsin. but it happens more often, still, in places like alabama, texas, and mississippi. and that's why section 5 so many different people across the legal spectrum are urging it be upheld. host: maverick rights in and says, the voting act law should expand to all states after seeing the obvious suppression attempts and tactics in the 2012 election. guest: well, if they are going to say it needs to be expanded, yes, that would then treat states the same. and particularly in terms of the evidence. ari keeps saying that there's more discrimination in covered states. that is simply not true. the facts do not bear that out at all. and if are you going to have sectio
CSPAN
Feb 26, 2013 5:00pm EST
top oggray and one moment one area is secure and others are not as secure. we know cities such as san diego and el paso count themselves having made great improvement and one might use the term operational control, because there are border stations. we know there are 1,993 miles of border, 651 miles of fencing and one might make the argument that the unfenced area is less secure. i would argue against that. one of the things that we need to ensure that we allow the border patrol to do is to advise us of how they believe using the right resources they can effectuate a secure border. but it is always moving. one of the issues that should be prominent in this such as 2004 in a member of this committee, we provided the answer to the original request by the border patrol and that is equipment. that was the year we presented all the helicopters, all of the jeeps, the lap tops, the night goggles and enhanced equipment. we know that those kinds of resources are not the only answer to border security. what i would like to see is to match your outcomes with the use of new technology, but tament
CSPAN
Feb 4, 2013 5:00pm EST
sisters and for 16 dwhreerns columbus city council. most recently he served local republicans as county and district chair. he was my dear friend. i got to know ted when i ran for office, he said he was happy to see me but his boys had a swim meet and i'd have to go there. i went and probably learned more about swimming than politics. in his quiet but direct way, he shed -- showed me where it he set his priorities and when it came time for me to have a wife and children where i should set mine. ity try to do that. mr. rokita: i will miss his friendsship, counsel and good example. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. olson: mr. speaker, on april 12, 1981, the space shuttle columbia blasted off ointo space station to launch america's space shuttle program. she would complete 28 missions with over 300 days in space. as every american know
CSPAN
Feb 19, 2013 10:00am EST
have moved since 2007. a lot of cities have minimum wages that are a lot higher, often because the cost of living is a lot higher. but yes, states have acted unilaterally. they have looked at their industries and they have worked to do it to help low-income families. again, raising the minimum wage is mostly helping low- income families. teens, seniors, and others. host: the states with the lowest minimum wage, alabama, mississippi, tennessee -- they have no minimum wage. wyoming and georgia, $5.15. host: what do you make of those states? some southern states have no minimum wage. guest: i think the thing to remember is that those tend to be low-cost states to live in. that is probably part of this. they also tend to be states with high unemployment rates. generally, they tend to be more conservative. the politics of this is not easy. republicans have tended to resist minimum wage hikes and democrats have. the policy tends to get a bit complicated. host: what do of economists say that are for increasing the minimum wage? guest: economists say you're raising the minimum wage about as muc
CSPAN
Feb 21, 2013 10:00am EST
then go sell those on the streets of new york city at a substantial profits. as a trafficker, i would not make that purchase myself. i would send in a straw buyer to make a purchase. that's a straw buyer is a person who does not ever criminal record. so you would think he's going to go in and purchase five weapons. he would not do that. if he purchased five, the dealer would have to file a multiple. sales multiple that is a tipoff to the atf that trafficking is going to take place. instead of purchasing five from one dealer or 50 from one dealer, he goes to one dealer and purchases one and then to another dealer for another, until he accumulates them. you would think why does the fbi and not cross check those purchases if they know multiple purchases are an indication of trafficking? they cannot cross check them because of teart. that said the records have to be destroyed within 24 hours. the government is prevented from cross checking, predicted from connecting the dots. if you are conducting an investigation, a criminal investigation, you want to connect the dots. the amendment proh
CSPAN
Feb 8, 2013 7:00pm EST
. the city of bridgeport, conn., which is one of the poorest cities in the country in pretty much everyone in between. my district also sets -- sits for miles south of the town called new town which unfortunately became a big part of the public imagination several weeks ago when the tragedy occurred there. one of the many things that happened to all of us, not just those of us who live close, but all of us in this country was in the face of unspeakable tragedy we felt, maybe for the first time in a long time the fact that we have a lot more in common than we have things separating yes. all the trivialities to all of the conceits kamal the day-to-day concerns that we have fallaway. we don't want that sort of thing to have to remind us of that bottom line fact. the truth is that all the issues we struggle with, whether medicare or social security, welfare of grandparents, whether it is how much we tax, invest, how good our system of education is to all of those things at their core is the notion that we want the same for the kids of bridgeport as the kids in greenwich. there's an awful lot m
CSPAN
Feb 24, 2013 6:30pm EST
or some american cities. i could see conceivably at least on the house side, hearings to reveal what the justice department has or has not done in recent years and score some assurances that they will try to up those prosecutions. >> all of the discussion with the chairman was on gun ownership regulation. what about high-capacity magazines? >> that is a big unknown. this is a big week in the senate where they will start to decide which of these proposals that have been put forth will receive a vote. there is one that would limit the size of ammunition clips. it is unclear whether that will get a vote in committee or whether he will have to bring that to the senate under regular order. national polling suggests that americans are behind it. we will wait and have to see if there is enough pull in the senate. >> thank you, gentlemen. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> both chambers of congress return on monday. the house cables back in at 2:00 pm for legislative business. -- gavels back in at 2:00 p.m.
CSPAN
Feb 22, 2013 7:00pm EST
at 92 and the incumbent president, at the time the city said earlier, we are going through a brutal time after the debt limit. they looked into those potential candidates could be and some of them could drop. on the gary johnson thing, we did the close of that. we like that the possessions on pro-marijuana. >> there is a theory -- >> marijuana initiative -- >> in colorado. >> theory, you can speak to this that no matter who we looked at the end of the day, we didn't lose out because people didn't want to be for us, but didn't want to be someone they would default there. so they'd heard he made a about us. so we ultimately concluded an independent would hurt us. >> we had obama voters. >> ray. they were obama voters and people open to alternatives. but by the third person in their to split this republican for an alternative. >> matt, did you ever think there is going to be, forget larry johnson or ron paul, but just polarized that? >> i don't think i ever really thought about this seriously, but to the questioners question, that are paul was someone we took serious from the beginning of o
CSPAN
Feb 25, 2013 12:00pm EST
of thoughtfulness that needs to happen, rather than arbitrary cuts. host: a lot more stories about your largest city, detroit, and its economic issues. what is the future of that city? guest: detroit has many great things going on, young people moving in, some great projects going on. the challenge in detroit is city government. it is not a recent issue. there are good people in the recent administration. this goes back for decades. the city government is unsustainable in terms of its finances. it needs to provide better services. we have had a review team looking at the finances. one of the question it asks is, do we need to take additional steps to get detroit's finances together? -- working better? oddly partner with the city to get that happening? detroit will be a great city again. that is critically important for the future of michigan. caller: what is happening in detroit is disgraceful. look. you run for office. you get in, you get that power, and all good ideas run out of your mind. it seems like all of the government, including state, is bought and sold to the highest bidder. you start off
CSPAN
Feb 4, 2013 12:00pm EST
, small businesses budgets, cities budgets, churches budgets, schools budgets. my state of north carolina budgets. but washington does not. instead, year after year budgetless washington spends every single cent of the money it takes from the american people and $1 trillion more. not since 2009 has the democrat senate bothered to pass a budget. and not since 2010 has president obama submitted his plan for a budget on time. when you don't plan, it's easy to overcommit, and when a country overcommits year after year after year, it ends up $16.4 trillion in debt. that doesn't just rob our future, it hurts americans looking for jobs today. while government spending ballooned $8.5 -- 8.5 million more people have given up looking for work since 2009. mr. speaker, the unchecked spending has got to stop. it's time to get this government on a budget. it's time for the president to submit a credible plan. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from connecticut seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and
CSPAN
Feb 18, 2013 12:00pm EST
that wisconsin is a state and that there are cities inside of it. if i say i like wisconsin there are a whole bunch of interest that passed it off of that. he need to understand that hierarchy of objects. you also need to understand how they relate to each other. >> does this personalization become complementary to search, does that create a new paradigm? the most recent thing that any of the large internet companies have come out with is this social search that facebook has introduced. it is that a stepping stone? >> there is the social graph. what i am talking about, it will give way to the interest graph. you know this set of things i am interested in, you know the other set of things other people are interested in. they aren't just based on, did they go to the same school, do they work in the same place, they are based on, are they interested in the same things? we can create personalization technologies because you can see what people are doing and provide you with information. there's also a very powerful social component because we can show you interests you may have in common with peo
CSPAN
Feb 27, 2013 5:00pm EST
bureaucracy can afford to bear the brunt of these cuts, not our military, not communities like lake city or mayo or newberry or middleberg, florida. i'm working with my friend from georgia, congressman doug collins, on the new freshmen regulatory reform working group, to help show exactly where some of these cuts are and help businesses do what they do best, they grow the economy and they create jobs, bringing in more revenues to our government. we need and we will show the president and the american people that we can cut wasteful spending without hurting kids, our seniors and that we can make responsible cuts that do not put our national security at risk. and not add to the heavy tax burden of hardworking americans that they're already carrying. it was a shame that the president and the senate have avoided working with the house in real budgeting process. i look forward to working with all my colleagues on resupporting -- restoring faith to the american people and bringing order back to this process. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. mr. westmoreland: i t
CSPAN
Feb 11, 2013 5:00pm EST
between our two countries. strasbourg is but the history and future of europe. it is a city that represents what europe is. i am not just defending it because it is in france. europe has other feet in other countries. i defend strasbourg because strasbourg is europe. and if you think it should not be the seat of the european parliament, then doubt undermines everybody's view of europe. thank you very much for having me here in strasbourg at the seat of the european parliament. [applause] >> thank you, mr. president. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> the house to the of session today. no votes are scheduled due to the president said of the union address tomorrow night. later this week, work on a bill that would overturn president obama's executive order giving federal employees across-the- board pay increases. follow the house live here on c- span when members return tomorrow. and the senate is in session today. they gambled in earlier to continue work on the bill authorizing the violence agains
CSPAN
Feb 13, 2013 1:00pm EST
which are weapons of war, which don't belong in the neighborhoods of our cities and towns and high capacity ammunition whose only purpose is to kill a great number of people in a very short period of time. we have these very reasonable commonsense solutions which are available. last night at the president's state of the union, we had 30 victims who suffered the grievous impact of gun violence. who put a face on the devastation, the scourge of gun violence in this country. we owe it to them, we owe it to families all across this country to move on this legislation, to hold a vote, up or down, so woo can take what most americans support, responsible gun safety legislation to reduce gun violence in our country. when the gentlelady was just going through the examples of what the n.r.a. has been successful in doing, let's not forget, the n.r.a. doesn't have a vote in this chamber. so every single one of those actions happened because individuals in congress voted for them. they should be accountable for that. we could fix it by taking votes today to enhance public safety to impose reaso
CSPAN
Feb 14, 2013 10:00am EST
's office, attorney general eric holder, to just in my city alone, the city of houston, to report 15 voter abuse cases. without the preclearance where would we be? or the proposal to eliminate the independent school district board of trustees, over a school district that has worked hard to survive, will be subjected to the preclearance to determine whether not only the students will be denied their right to learn in a school district they love and is fighting for their education, but that elected persons will be denied the right to serve and others denied the right to vote for them. the voting rights act protects all voters. it gives them all the right to vote, one vote one person. shelby county has raised the issue they should not be subjected to preclearance. they are beyond that. the district court, federal court decided in washington, d.c., that they were wrong. that preclearance is constitutional. and we know that well because about -- because when we had the privilege of re-authorizing section 5 in 2006, building on the leadership of my predecessor, the honorable barbara jordan, who
CSPAN
Feb 28, 2013 5:00pm EST
want to encourage organizations in oklahoma city, like the w mbings ywca, who have a simple theme of eliminating racism, empowering women, but they work every single day to be able to help women that are in situations that they have got to escape out of. i also want to stand up for the 39 drives in oklahoma that i've meat with some of the -- 39 tribes in oklahoma that i've met with some of the tribal leaders. from my constituents, i want them to know that if there's domestic violence that occurs, and the house version assures of this, if they live in indian country, if they work in indian country, if they're married or dating someone were indian country, that this law protects them from that and makes clear through all of section 900, i encourage people to read, to go through the details of how we stand beside the tribes and how we stand those around indian country, there needs to be prosecution and protection but most all, we need to stand beside every single family to do what is right. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields and the gentlewoman from washingto
CSPAN
Feb 8, 2013 9:00am EST
. our next caller from jersey city, new jersey. caller: good evening. i just wanted to make a comment. i do think that this whole issue is very much an interesting issue. i do think it is a bit exaggerated. the thing is, things do happen. the whole talk about america's life expectancy may be lower than the other developed countries -- but i think unless we come up with innovative ways to bring it better met, alleviation for the health crisis, only thereafter we can really think about all of the solutions. i guess we are just beating around the bush, as they say. host: avoiding what, exactly? caller: talking about the -- not really the solutions. what to do exactly. host: you would like to hear more recommendations? caller: absolutely. guest: the caller makes a good point. the third part of our report is all about recommendations. we feel that because of the gravity of our findings, our society, our country, our state and local communities really need to do something about this. we get into some detail about what we need to do. it is a call for action. host: tell us about the amount of mo
CSPAN
Feb 15, 2013 7:00pm EST
and importance. i think a lot of people in the city could a little arrogant to think they can control anything and they obviously can't. i don't know if you saw it, a super bowl ad, part of the code basically farmers and ranchers. it is very powerful. the main point was there is just a powerful respect for farmers and ranchers. i hear it's all about us who did see it, just to take that to heart because it's so important. in our state, madam chairwoman, agriculture is the number one industry. one out of five montanans income is dependent upon agriculture. it's been that way for a long time. i just think therefore it makes sense. not just maintain another state to get a little more sanity in some of these programs and clearly, one of livestock disaster assistance. it is just incredible to me how wrongheaded it has been there prior to two guys any, about 30 years we've had this on-again, off-again, ad hoc disaster programs, farmers, ranchers know who's going to ask, who's not going to act, how much it provides for, what years to choose is just nuts. and my estate we discussed a lot of them are ve
CSPAN
Feb 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
deals in three or four places. i doubt that governor christie would allow that. host: oklahoma city, democrat caller. steve. caller: good morning. i am a democrat but i tend to stay independent with things. it seems like the republicans -- it might not be true, but there is always the appearance that youant to push the pain on a broader section and towar the bottom. to that, i had a couple of questions. what is your stance on competitive bidding for rd medicare? -- four part d medicare? also, the simple fix for social security of raising the cap might even if it is just to say 200,000 dollars, and i am sure your mom did not lay bricks, so raising the medicare age to 67 for someone that laid bricks their whole life might not be great. host: congressman? guest: the caller is correct, she did not lay bricks, budget a lot of jobs. she worked for the, a dental asn later years. but you are right. on that point, the idea -- i guess his point is when you talk about raising the age, can you do it? what sort of career, what sort of rights do you have? that is an interesting discussion to have
CSPAN
Feb 6, 2013 5:00pm EST
one thing to it. i really believe that exposing kids from inner city to countryside to suburbs to science and math teachers who have actually graduated in the field they teach. we can do this. this is the primary -- the primary a number one recommendation of the gathering storm report and have little happened to it. so the idea is very simple. we need to deploy a set of scholarships to attract young men and women to go to college, to major in computer science or electrical engineering or physics or chemistry and at the same time be certifiable as k through 12 teachers. secondly, and i hope i'm not getting a little too much to the political side, i'm a big believer that we need to adopt voluntary standards, voluntary standards across our state in stem fields just as we have in mathematics and in english. these standards need to emphasize learning science by doing it. project base. bringing the excitement, the sense of discovery. this is what is going to attract more kids to look at things like the maker movement. it attracts kids from all over the sose yo economic spectrum. look
CSPAN
Feb 7, 2013 5:00pm EST
different from someone who grew up in a farm, somebody who grew up in an inner city. there are different realities and we have to respect them. but what we know is that majority of gun owners know that 100 or 1,000 more of our children are shot or killed in a senseless fashion. there are common sense steps we can take to build a consensus around -- we cannot shy away from taking those steps. bottom library is, people we have a lot of work -- bottom line is, we have a lot of work to do. it won't be simple, there will be frustrations. there will be times where you guys are mad at me. i will occasionly read about it. but, as long as we keep in mind why we came here in the first place. as long as we think back to whatever inspired each of us to say maybe i can give something back. maybe i can make a difference. maybe my purpose here on earth is to not just think about what is in it for me but what is in it for the broader community, for my neighborhood, for my state, for my cune. we need to keep that in mind every day, i have no doubt that we will continue our extraordinary progress that we'
CSPAN
Feb 21, 2013 5:00pm EST
and producing in ge-sun city work -- ge- sensitive markets. we will look at monitoring, maintaining the. t of publicly held germ classes, because there is concern about that. -- the purity of publicly-held germ classes, because there is concern about that. as will mitigate the risk associated when folks want to do things a little bit differently, in the same general space. it is part of managing risk. the long-term risk we will face, with a changing climate -- i will conclude with this. there is no question that the climate is changing. we recently furnished to assessments from usda on the impact of changing climates on agriculture and forestry. the conclusions were pretty obvious. higher temperatures lead to more intense weather patterns. more intense weather patterns lead to greater stress for crops and livestock. and increase tree mortality. we at usda have a responsibility to figure out ways in which we can mitigate the risks of something we really cannot control. when it happens, we cannot control when a drought occurs. we cannot control when a horrible tornado hits, or when flooding
CSPAN
Feb 25, 2013 5:00pm EST
. as optometrist opening a new practice in a struggling mill city he was strung by how few of his young patients had plans to go to college. mr. kennedy: when he asked why, the response was a simple answer, my pearnts condition afford it. a at the time the average cost of tuition was a couple hundred dollars a year. dr. franken did the math he figured if each of the 30,000 town's household gave $1 they could send every single senior in the city to college. is dollars for scholars was born. he began collecting as little as $1 from neighbors to provide scholarships. four decades later, what began as a card table operation became scholarship america which has awarded $3 billion in scholarships across 38 states. at 92 years old, dr. franken continues to fight for the city he loves and the students he made his life work. i recognize him and his wife charlotte -- i congratulate him and his wife charlotte on recognition they deserve. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without o
CSPAN
Feb 1, 2013 9:00am EST
city tennessee, or public in line. caller: yes. i want to make a comment. i think obama and handle -- hagel percent ace two state solution. is that correct or not? guest: at some point, that is their ultimate goal, yes. caller: don't you think that would make the situation worse, they are trying to divide it? the bible says that god is against that. dividing the land of israel. guest: i think that is a whole separate show on what to do in that region. it is far too complex to get into at this point. senator hagel has been very clear that he supports the president's approach to the region. host: talk about when senators are getting prepared. do they get a briefing book? how is that done? guest: they get some of that from the administration. the committee takes a set -- slightly different approach. the committee staff will also look at that. it is not the committee's job to rubber stamp the nominees. they will take their own look and prepare their own materials for specific members that they asked but also generally for the committee. certainly in an instance like this, i think the r
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Feb 7, 2013 1:00pm EST
don't want to go city by city for security reasons, when you look at these, we'll look at this and determine how safe they are security-wise? >> state asked us to join a team that other than would look at 19 emb and determine what was needed there in order to better secure those facilities. and i think based on that, it gives us the opportunity to then deploy additional marines if we have to and take additional steps to try to make sure that those embassies are not vulnerable. we do work with the state department when asked to try to provide guidance with regards to security. >> how often is a review done in some of these places, for instance, a benghazi? is it on a -- when the ambassador says, things are getting tougher or every couple of weeks, is it looked at, has this deteriorated or gotten better. what kind of matrix is used? >> the primary matrix has to rest with the state department and the ambassador within that country to be able to review just exactly what is the degree of threats they are confronting and then what actions they should take in order to deal wit
CSPAN
Feb 24, 2013 12:15am EST
are an economist, an environmentalist, a public health advocate, a city planner, or the department of defense -- this stuff makes sense. if you are a family struggling to make ends meet, saving money on your energy bill and going farther on a gallon of gas -- that makes a lot of sense too. any time you look to be more efficient, you make yourself structure. we are insulating families in the economy from fluctuations in energy prices and supplies. i just want to start for one moment before i talk about what epa is doing, to again take a minute to congratulate you, to just say, bravo, and all the courage you have shown, all the tenacity, all your willingness to put resources into these issues. [applause] your leadership at both the state and local level in confronting climate change has helped people to improve their health, their quality of life. it has helped to reduce air pollution, to improve your communities, and to reduce energy bills all but the same time. it is quite a significant win. you have paved pathway that i think the federal government can follow in and support. you have become
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Feb 26, 2013 1:00pm EST
to the most smallest cities and most centralized local government. when a voting change discriminates against local citizens, even at local levels, section 5 has the ability to halt the impact of discrimination. without section 5's strength to arrest the discrimination at the outset, the burden of remedying the discrimination would be on these local citizens. the facts in shelby county versus holder further magnify the importance of section 5 to protect the voting rights of minorities. in the shelby case, the justice department rejected an electoral map drawn by a city in shelby county, which would have decreased the number of black voters from 70.9% to 29.5%. in this instance, section 5 preserves the ability of the american -- african-american community to elect their candidate of choice to the city council. shelby county, along with many examples examined by congress in 2006, highlights the importance of reauthorization of section 5 of the voting rights act. the constitutionality of the voting rights act is an important matter for the court to consider and continue to review and is importan
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Feb 27, 2013 10:00am EST
a bipartisan group of city elected officials, business leaders, and community advocates gave me a message to bring back the congress. i'm proud of their joint effort and i'm proud of their service to our communities. i consider it a privilege to deliver their message. in our state, we are concerned that congress will turn the clock back on arizona's hard work and progress. we are worried about hardworking families losing their jobs. as the granddaughter of a world war ii veteran and proud sister of a gunner's mate in the u.s. navy today, i remember every day that it is our moral duty to do right by the men and women in uniform who risked their lives to keep us safe. avoid the see questions tration should not be about partisanship or finger pointing. it's about jobs. it's that simple. i stand with the dean of our state's delegation, senator john mccain, when i say this sequester will be devastating for arizona. it's bad for hardworking americans and it turns a blind eye to my state's proud effort and proven perseverance. i affirm my commitment to working with anybody who is willing to put
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Feb 26, 2013 10:00am EST
johnson air force base, cherry point, u.s. coast guard air station, elizabeth city, and others will not be ready to defend and serve our country at a moment's notice if we allow this to happen. in my state alone, cuts to the department of defense budget will result in 22,000 civilian d.o.d. staff being furloughed, reducing the gross pay by $117 million. base operation funding would be cut by $136 million, severely reducing military readiness, putting our country at peril. in closing, mr. speaker, i implore my colleagues to work together to prevent the impending sequestration so that we may prevent devastating cuts to our vital infrastructure. we are slowly but surely building our economic recovery and our nation can literally, literally not afford to be knocked down again by an inability to compromise. please, let's get it done. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from arkansas, mr. cotton, for five minutes. mr. cotton: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pr
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Feb 5, 2013 1:00pm EST
the america people. people can say that rome is burning or the cities and towns of economy are asking us to finally answer the question. under the laws that we adhere to, the president has a right to submit his budget. that should be very clore. no legislation here on the floor is going to dictate the president's budget. there is a law that is supposed to be said the first monday in february. we will admit that. what president has ever had -- what president has ever had the hostage-taking of the debt ceiling so you can't write a budget if there are individuals in the congress that won't do the normal business which is to raise the debt ceiling so that the american people can be taken care of? as we speak, however, the president has introduced today a short-term fix to avert the sequester. the democrats have offered a way of avoiding the sequester. we have nothing from the republicans except a resolution that says a request for a plan. the very plan that the president knows by law he's going to submit as long as he knows what is the amount of money we have to work on and of course the bud
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Feb 15, 2013 9:00am EST
the curvature of the earth and hitting new york city on this video with that very odd background music playing. but it just shows an attitude, and i think that we cannot stand idle and tell ourselves that further sanctions have no prospect of success, especially when we saw how effective for that brief period of time where the treasury department was so concerned about the counterfeiting of $100 bills that they actually forced deployment of those financial sanctions on those institutions which the north koreans used in order to have access to hard currency. we saw at that time the result and the protests from north korea, and the result inside north korea when there was not the money to pay the military or carry out the types of programs that they do in terms of their missile and nuclear testing. so it's time to be honest with the american people that frankly our current north korean policy is not working. it hasn't worked for a long time. going forward, we need to move away from that failed north korean policy to one with energy and creativity and focus, and i think we need to learn from what
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Feb 28, 2013 1:00pm EST
. these are grants to cities that help with women and children and low-income programs. we also will cut the home program by $52 million if sequestration takes place treat native american housing grants, but $34 million t. public housing, mostly single wegman in public housing, another $304 million, and homelessness. everybody claims to be concerned about homelessness and a growing number of women and children who are out there homeless, but they will take a $99 million hit, and on and on and on. we are here today one more time talking about women and children and families and how we can protect our women, children, and families and have a decent quality of life. sequestration will set us back. all gains we have made will be lost sequestration. >> what is interesting is the purpose of all this is to reduce the deficit, and cutting these investments does not do that. in fact, maxine, from my understanding from chairman bernanke, it is reported he said if you take too big cuts too soon, you can halt the jobs of the economic growth, and you can increase the deficit. you do not reduce the deficit. wh
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Feb 19, 2013 1:00pm EST
be to have a city -- a sitting president working for or raising money for a 501c4. >> i have not attempted to separate my comments -- i do represent organizing for action, which is the name of the organization you are referring to. i would simply say as you know, i will not be involved in electoral activity at all. in that sense, it's not to be confused with activity in an election cycle, the types of concerns the campaign finance sector we're talking about here today. as you know, it is devoted to federal and state public policy and issue development advocacy. it will be operating therefore as a social welfare organization. without going into tremendous amount of discussion about people's views of the feasibility of such an enterprise, i would say this -- the business of communicating on issues in this country and involving one's self in the day-to-day business of grass- roots requires resources. the largest issue we all face is in a country of this size and complexity and even with developments like internet communications which have reduced the cost of participation in some respects, th
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Feb 24, 2013 4:00pm EST
for venturing without permission to the other side of the city. [laughter] second, i started to pay special attention to the plaques on the buildings that recommend -- that recognize the united states of america for lending a hand in rebuilding. i was proud. the marshall plan, imf, and other organizations led by the united states are evidence of our ability to make the right decisions at the right time, taking risks today in the interest of tomorrow. we now face a similar crossroads. we can be complacent or competitive as markets bloom in every corner of the world. with or without us. we could be there to help plant the seeds or we can see the power to others. given the chance to lead a second great american century, we must not just look to the american landscape today. look at the days to come. we must marshal the courage that define the the marshall plan so that we might secure in the future freedom. let's remember the principles of jefferson's time. looking to independence echoing in our time. america's national interest is in leading strongly and it still in doers in this world. let me
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Feb 6, 2013 10:00am EST
founding fathers were men of faith, believing america should be a shining city on a hill for the world to see. so as we participate in this year's national prayer breakfast, i call on our leaders an all americans to pray for our country. pray for our men and women in uniform and their families as they sacrifice to help protect our nation and ensure our freedoms. pray for our president and our elected officials that he they may remember the people they are elected to -- that they may remember the people they are elected to serve. as we gather tomorrow morning for the prayer breakfast, let us pour out our hearts to god, lift one another up, and commit to working toward a better america. my prayer will be simple. i pray that god will continue to bless the united states of america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. kaptur: mr. speaker, i rise today to call attention to a report by the special inspector general
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Feb 12, 2013 5:00pm EST
to the states to -- business as usual in our states and in our counties and our villages and our cities across this country are also on a fiscal cliff and i would like to have president obama interact more and we aren't going to deal with the budget crisis right now, but wait until march to handle things. that's not the way that we can handle this country right now. we, all american taxpayers are having our own fiscal cliff problems. and that cannot be no more. our taxes are going up. our property taxes, school taxes, and any kind -- more hype, hype of taxes or anything, it's really a challenge for the american workers. >> thanks for your call. go to jonathan strong to get a response. guest: that is one that mp members would agree with, including democrats. he has had a reputation of not reaching out and interacting with members of congress in a way that hurts his agenda on the hill. at the same time, i mean there is one chamber that hasn't done a budget for four years and decided it didn't make sense for them. now they have changed that and going to do it. host: what about the state level, mi
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Feb 14, 2013 1:00pm EST
pleased to yield to my good friend from the mayor of his city, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pascrell, two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pascrell, is recognized for two minutes. mr. pascrell: mr. speaker, we need a balanced approach to reducing our deficit. which makes responsible cuts while also raising revenue. this bill is not the way to do it. i have a great respect for the gentleman's intellect. but this is one of the dumbest bills i have ever seen come to this floor. let's take a look at it, mr. speaker. i rise in strong opposition to this rule and the underlying bill. as part of the fiscal cliff deal , we promise federal employees that they would see their first pay raise in over two years on march 27. this is a modest pay. half a percent. when you save $10 million talking about $1 billion a year. now a little more than a month before the increase takes effect, the bill before us today would break that promise. do you think, america, that this is going to solve the fiscal problems that the congress and presidents created? my home state of
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Feb 14, 2013 5:00pm EST
's energy independence. for instance, the los angeles city council recently approved a 25-year, $1.5 billion project to buy solar power produced at the moapa band indian nation in the southern nevada desert. when it goes on line in 2016, it will be the largest solar power plant on tribal lands, capturing desert rays to power over 118,000 los angeles homes. in addition, to the plant itself, over 900,000 solar panels will be built on the reservation, creating more jobs and industries of tomorrow. one way to ensure we see more projects like this is to promote fair, equitable tax policy. like all governments, tribes must be able to collect and manage their own taxes, but right now, tribal governments don't have the same taxing authority or ability as states. as local governments and the federal government. we will continue working with our federal partners to fix these policies so that the economies of indian countries grow and become a south of strength in our family of nations. tribal sovereignty is how we can secure our communities, it's how we can secure our nations and it's how we will secu
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Feb 22, 2013 9:00am EST
, the city to hold 10% your entire working life for your retirement. between jobs and layoffs -- and i have always been fortunate to make as much as college graduates, but between the jobs and layoffs throughout my work life and the clinton era taxes and everything -- i'm not blaming him, i thought he was a good president even though i am a republican, i just want someone's opinion on people my age and why we have so little put away. we are the generation of all the crises and the tail end of that . host: before we get a response from paul taylor, are you still with us? caller: >> i am. host: what has your savings patterns been over the last couple years? caller: i had to quit contributing to my 401k's just to get by with the rising cost of living from 2006 to present i went four years without a pay increase from my employers because they were in a financial struggle as well with the economic hit in 2007 and slow growth to 2009. we finally got a pay increase last year because of somewhat of a comeback in our industry. host: thank you. that age group is critical when it comes to your 401k pl
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Feb 7, 2013 10:00am EST
interests in the city. i'd like to have you go ahead and put that chart up. and leave it up during the course of this hearing because each member up heres a a copy of this. there are certain things that happened we all know. we know on may 22 the red cross was hit with an r.p.g. they left town. we know on june 11, the british ambassador's motorcade was attacked by an r.p.g. they left town. we know on april 10 the united states convoy was hit by an i.e.d. and on june 6, the u.s. consulate was attacked with a bomb and many, many other things. but we stayed. we didn't leave. while i understand the state department has primary responsibility for the protection of american diplomats around the world, i also understand that the defense department plays an important role -- supporting role to this effect. i expect our witnesses to explain today why, given the clear indication -- indicators tanned warnings, threats to the united states interests in benghazi and throughout the north africa were growing was the -- was the defense department not placed on a heightened alert status or adequate
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